Saturday, August 24th, 2013 was a perfect day for a Mud Run. Over 2300 people participated in the Grand Rapids Eat Dirt Mud Run! Richard Mooney finished 29th overall for a place of 12th in his age division and with a time of 22:00. Richard really tore up the course, he flew over the 20+ foot tall cargo net climb like a spider monkey. The girls team ran together as a team and finished with times of 31:10, 31:11, 31:12, and 31:12. Jessica Turnbough, Dicia Wahl, Elizabeth Pedersen and Allyson Rackley all ran together and encouraged each other over walls, under walls, through mud pits and swamps….The women were in the top 180 of all finishing women. Jessica and Elizabeth were 23rd and 24th out of 206 women in the 20-24 age group, and Dicia and Allyson were 13th and 14th out of 97 women in the 15-19 age group. Great job Tigers!
The first week of practice is off to a great start. The runners have had some good training runs, mile repeats at the park, distance run on the Kent Trails and mapping out courses around campus. The runners are busy with RA training (Liz and Jessica) and A-term classes (Ally). Everyone is getting to know each other and discovering that cross-country runners really are awesome people! The excitement is building to run the mud run in a couple of weeks.
This season there will be two returning Grace cross-country runners. Richard Mooney and Elizabeth Pedersen will be returning this fall. Richard has spent the summer working at Grace Adventures Youth Camp. Elizabeth has been busy working 50 hours a week in- home health care. This fall Elizabeth will be an RA in the dorms. This will be the second season for both Richard and Elizabeth. Looking forward to their return.
Cross country practice starts August 12th, 2013. Practice will be at 9am Monday thru Friday. There are two races before school starts and the runners have been running on their own over the summer. Everyone is looking forward to practicing together and to a great season. The first race is August 24th and it is the Grand Rapids Mud Run! This is a fun 5k event with mud and obstacles along the route. What a way to start the season! But first there will be two weeks of practice together, time to run some hills, put in some mile repeats and build up that mileage.
The 2013 cross country season schedule for Grace has been determined. The season will open with the traditional initiation run of the Mud Run a.k.a. Eat Dirt 5k at Kentwood Community Church on August 24th. The next two races are invitationals hosted by local colleges. August 31st is the Hope Invitational and September 14 is the Calvin Invitational. On October 4th the team will be traveling to Lansing for the Lansing Invitational. Following these invitationals will be two road races, October 19th is Run Thru the Rapids and October 26th is the Alger Heights 5k, both in Grand Rapids. Nationals is the final race of the season and is on November 16th.
Dicia Wahl of Allegan will be attending Grace and running cross-country in the fall. She has run cross-country and track at Allegan High School. Dicia is going in to human services at Grace. Dicia has been a supportive and hard working member of her previous teams, she even won the hard-working award this spring in track! She will be a great addition to our team.
Cameron Lowe is planning to join the cross country team. He has just recently discovered the love of running and is planning to join the ranks of the proud Tiger runners. He is in the Pastoral Ministries program at Grace. This summer he is working as an intern in Maryland and also working at the GAP. He will be returning to Grand Rapids mid-August for A-term and for cross-country.
Alex Lee will be a junior at Grace in the fall of 2013. He has joined the ranks of those who have discovered how wonderful running is. He will be joining the cross-country team this next fall. He is currently in the worship arts program at Grace. Originally from St. Louis Missouri, Alex now lives in Buchanan, Michigan. He is the worship arts leader at Crystal Alliance Church in Grand Rapids, and will be leading worship at Life Action Camp for nine weeks this summer. He plays the guitar, the piano and sings.
Ally Rackley from Tri-County will be joining the Grace Cross Country team for the 2013 season. Ally has competed in high-school cross-country, golf, track, competitive cheer, band, jazz-band and musical. Ally joined the cross-country team her senior year and was very much improved over the season. She finished with a best 5k time of 23:25. Coach Stowers is looking forward to a great season with this energetic, multi-talented and gifted young lady.
Jessica Turnbough will be running for Grace in the fall. She will be a junior and is in the Worship Arts program at Grace. Originally from the state of Washington, Jessica will be an RA this year. She previously ran the 1 and 2 mile in track in high school. She also competed in the 2010 Bloom’s Day 12k (7.46 miles), in Spokane, Washington and finished with a time of 1:13:01. This summer she has returned to Washington to spend time with her family and work at the Central Valley School District Day Care and also at Cooperative Agricultural Producers. Coach Stowers is looking forward to Jessica’s return to Michigan and her upbeat attitude for the team.